I’m so happy to have worked with Caveh Davari and Jon Snead, two wonderful former students who continue to study the arts and contribute to the community. Caveh was my student waaaaay back in the early 21st Century when I taught at Cary School of Music, and then he came back for lessons at my […]
This Summer for the first time we will be offering weeklong sessions intended to give piano beginners a strong foundation for listening and moving musically. These are the fundamental skills necessary to create, improvise, and read music on the piano. The week will begin with learning to move to macrobeats and microbeats in duple and […]
Two Music Foundation students score best in state for their respective levels in the Piano Practical category. They had their Music Development Program assessment last May and received their State Certificates this month. Congratulations, this is a great honor!
On the Saturday before Thanksgiving five students got to do a neat thing…we had a Skype session with Minnesota-based composer/educator Wynn-Anne Rossi on my big iPad Pro! Rossi was instrumental in inspiring me to organize our Rainforest fundraiser concert this Saturday. I met her at a teacher workshop in Raleigh last year and she talked to me […]
Appalachian Spring is one of my favorite pieces, and I’m happy to be playing the piano part next week in this performance. This is the original scoring for 13 instruments and it will be danced by Carolina Ballet member Colby Treat. This version has some material that will sound fresh and new if you’ve only heard […]
I’m delighted to be accompanying Melanie Wilsden, principal oboist for the North Carolina Symphony, next week in a recital at Smedes Parlor, St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. We’re playing some really interesting music, featuring the Dutilleux Sonata for Piano and Oboe, and the Quartetto by Amilcare Ponchielli. We will be joined for the Quartetto by […]
We had a really good Performance Class on Halloween day, with 100% attendance and some really exciting performances. I got a kick out of my newest student…she just turned 5 and she was a little overwhelmed, so she spent the first 30 minutes holding onto my finger. You can barely see her holding onto my […]
A group of musicians from the Eastman School of Music, my alma mater, has put together some pre-practice warmup videos to keep our bodies moving optimally. This is the one for piano. I’ve been using it for a month as I work on some challenging repertoire, and it really helps! Give it a shot!